Sheriff: Armed and dangerous suspect on the run after property dispute

Published: Nov. 21, 2018 at 11:59 AM EST
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UPDATE 11/21/18 @ 9:25 p.m.

More details have been released about a violent property dispute that involved shots fired, including the suspect's name.

Gallia County Sheriff's deputies say they're looking for Gregory C. Cox Jr., 37, of Ironton. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Early Wednesday morning, a property owner discovered a theft underway along the property on Evans Road. That's in the area of state Route 141 in the Waterloo community.

The property owner pursued the suspect in a vehicle, and gunfire was exchanged between the two men.

Deputies say several have been taken into custody, but they continue to look for Cox. He is described as 6-feet-4 and 210 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about Cox's whereabouts is asked to call 911. They're also advised not to approach him.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating the case, including the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marshal's Service.


Deputies are searching for a suspect involved in a violent property dispute in the Waterloo area of Gallia County.

We are still working to confirm the timeline of events, but Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin tells WSAZ it started around 8 a.m. Wednesday on OH-141.

A property owner was in an argument with another man. Gunshots were fired between the two. The property owner stuck around for law enforcement to arrive, but we're told the other person involved took off. There is now a manhunt for him.

At one point, a truck with a trailer attached to it drove into a ditch. We're not sure where that accident falls in the order of events.

The Gallia County Sheriff's Department is leading the investigation with assistance from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Investigators have a mobile crime scene unit on hand. They are searching for the suspect using a drone, dogs, and officers on the ground.

The suspect still on the run is described as a man wearing Carhartt overalls and a blue, flannel shirt. Deputies say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

The names of the people involved have not been released. It's also unclear if any of those people were shot or injured in any way.

We have a crew at the scene.

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